Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

State College Borough Recognizes Need For Affordable Housing

Council members approved a report analyzing the biggest impediments to fair housing in State College.
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After the election

Find out the impact on low wage workers and those on fixed incomes.
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Experiment links stable housing, student performance

Student turnover is destructive to school outcomes for the children who come and go, and for their classmates who have to sit there and watch it happen.
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The Housing Crisis We Don’t Talk About

When Gentrification Isn’t a Problem, Renters Face a Whole Other Set of Challenges
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